AFI Introduces V'nes Commander Series IP Communications Hub And Network Switch

Sept. 24, 2007
Hub-switch to be introduced at ASIS 2007, is environmentally hardened

Las Vegas, NV (September 24, 2007) – American Fibertek, Inc. (AFI) is demonstrating the diverse functionality of its unique Commander Series IP Communications Hub and Network Switch here at ASIS 2007. A component of V’nes (Video Network Enterprise Solution), Commander is an environmentally hardened IP communications center wrapped around a 10-port network switch that offers environmental monitoring, bi-directional RS232/485 communications, self-monitoring, pop-up alerts, alarm notifications, logging, polling and network management with interactive searches. In addition, Commander alerts users when video bandwidth drops so they can monitor and preserve the integrity of their video signals.

“As video surveillance systems migrate to a network platform, there is a growing need for network devices designed specifically for professional security applications,” said Jack Fernandes, President and CEO of AFI. “Commander delivers all the functionality of a high quality network switch with numerous features to help security professionals maintain operational integrity.”

Commander is more than a switch, it’s an IP Security Hub with an extensive list of performance features that include: alarm inputs, auxiliary outputs, edge RS 232 and RS 485 communications; protection from environmental conditions; a built-in server that does not require any client software, Active X component, custom programming or interfaces; compatibility with most web browsers and operating systems including Linux and Apple; reliable solid state memory capacity from 53 days to 3.5 years; individual set ups for IT and security administrators; automatic email notification of IP addresses; unique Portflow™ to monitor bandwidth and image refresh rate; cascading Ports; drop and insert configurations for building large system and network access from any location; and the programming of separate VLANs for recording and viewing available bandwidth. In addition, Commander is expandable with up to four environmental sensing probes, including new power probes with the ability to read voltage, frequency and power, with warning and alarm settings.